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Honors Faculty Fellow Lecture Series Announced for Fall 2018

The 2018-2019 Honors Faculty Fellows will be holding lectures throughout the beginning of fall semester.

The Honors College Faculty Fellows program encourages curricular innovation, giving faculty the opportunity to design new Honors College courses that also fit within the General Education Foundations (GEF) course framework.

These lectures provide current Honors students and the greater WVU and Morgantown community with the opportunity to learn more about the exciting topics covered in these innovative courses. See full descriptions for each faculty fellow's course.

The 2018-2019 Honors Faculty Fellows

Faculty Fellows Lecture Series

Imagine taking courses on some of the hottest topics today—energy, banking, child care and the dark side new media—from some of the best professors on campus.

This fall, the Honors College at  West Virginia University opens up their courses in a series of lectures to showcase the faculty’s expertise. 

Humor: The Sixth Sense?

Jay Malarcher, associate professor, College of Creative Arts
Wednesday, August 29
6 p.m. 
Mountainlair Ballrooms

Comedy is more than entertainment. It invites us to see the world through a certain lens, one that looks for a correction to a social problem or inefficiency. Tragedy works on the emotions, but comedy works on reason. Cognition plays a huge part in “getting” the joke. Comedy forces us to make sense of cognitive dissonance and to re-order the world around us for the better, which is much more productive than a simple laugh. 

The Dark Side of New Media 

Elizabeth Cohen, associate professor, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Thursday, September 6
6 p.m.
Mountainlair Ballrooms

Black Mirror” is a popular, critically acclaimed dystopian science fiction television show available on Netflix. The show has been hailed as a modern “Twilight Zone.” Each episode of the show explores unanticipated—sometimes frightening—consequences of new media and technology. This presentation will use the show’s dark, prophetic visions of a technology that permits people to record and replay everything that they do as a springboard to discuss current research how social media use affects our memories and our monitoring behaviors in close relationships.

How Banking has Shaped American Politics, and Vice Versa

Earl “Judge” Glock, visiting assistant professor, College of Business and Economics
Monday, September 10
7 p.m.
Gluck Theater, Mountainlair

The 2008 financial crisis inspired an intense debate in America about the relationship between banks and politics. The bailouts of big banks outraged millions of Americans, while the revolving door of bankers and politicians inspired calls for reform. Yet few today understand the long history behind this debate. This lecture shows that much of American politics—from the formation of political parties to the extension of the power of the government—has been about banking issues. It will also show that our modern financial system is the result of centuries of political manipulation.

Perspectives on Caring

Roger Carpenter, associate professor, School of Nursing
Wednesday, September 12
7 p.m.
Gluck Theater, Mountainlair   

What does it mean to be caring? How is caring lived in the human experience? The premise of this lecture is that caring is a moral imperative, and essential for becoming professional scholar and global citizen. From classic and contemporary works, this is a concept to be explored through interpersonal, theoretical, ethical and socio-political lenses. The different lenses allows for looking at principles that guide action from different perspectives.

The Importance of Energy Literacy 

Derek Johnson, associate professor, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
Tuesday, September 18
6 p.m. 
Mountainlair Ballrooms  

Improving energy literacy is crucial in today’s science, technology, energy and math driven society. There are the big “Es” of energy – economics, efficiency, and emissions. What research and development will drive the future of the energy sector? This talk provides an overview on the topics covered in the class and will answer questions on common misconceptions related to energy use in power generation and transportation. 

What’s Your Story?

Beth Toren, Interdisciplinary, cultural, and film studies librarian
Thursday, September 20
6-7 p.m.
Mountainlair Ballrooms 

This lecture will share inspiration to help attendees channel their own creativity and strengthen their voices and stories. They will learn about a class where students are following a syllabus based on the hero’s journey and channeling their inner Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games” or Loki from “Thor: Ragnarock.” Storytelling with archives amplifies student voices and shares visions of a West Virginia they imagine. Students work as an ensemble, collaborating as founders of their own communities in a fictional West Virginia county that will exist online.

Science and Public Policy: How Evidence can Improve the Lives of Children and Families

Sara Anderson, assistant professor, College of Education and Human Services
Wednesday, September 26
7 p.m. 
Gluck Theater, Mountainlair 

If children are the future, why do American children still go hungry and live in substandard housing? This lecture will explore the tension between our values of nurturing for children as a society with the actual policies and programs that are delivered to our youngest citizens.